Brandon Roy: Portland’s New Villain

November 26th, 2009 by Brian D. Leave a reply »
Last holiday season, I got free tickets to a Blazer game at the Rose Garden. They were good seats in the 100 level, and my 8-year-old son and I watched up close as Brandon Roy scored 52 points against the Phoenix Suns.

This came on the heels of Roy's dramatic buzzer-beating, game-winning three-pointer against the Houston Rockets a few weeks earlier.

Last holiday season, Brandon Roy could do no wrong in Portland.

He was favorably compared to the greatest Blazer of all time, Clyde Drexler. He was canonized by the normally contentious Portland media, who gushed about his work ethic, his unselfishness, his poise, and his professionalism.

He was, in no uncertain terms, the savior of the franchise.

And make no mistake: this was a franchise that needed saving. A franchise that only five years ago was named as having the worst public image in all of sports in a national poll. A franchise that was on the verge of being sold and possibly moved to another city.

A franchise that was known as "the Jail Blazers."

More than anyone else, Roy has been responsible for changing all of that, largely because he defi ...

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